It’s unlikely anyone would’ve predicted this before the season: Through five games, Washington’s two leading receivers are sophomore Jaydon Mickens and senior Kevin Smith.
Mickens has 30 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Smith has 21 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns.
“They come to practice every day with amazing energy,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. “They’re probably two of the more positive guys on our roster outside of Keith. Just a positive attitude. They love being out here every day and it carries right over into the game.
“Their attention to detail is tremendous. They’re both playing with a lot of confidence right now and a belief in their ability.”
—- Jerry Brewer writes: “The Washington football program won’t truly be whole again until this skid (against Oregon) ends.”
—- “GameDay” puts Seattle on the big stage. The ESPN producer on the Red Square set: “It will arguably be our most dramatic setting we’ve ever had. When we come on the air at 6 o’clock local time, that shot of the library is going to be absolutely stunning.”
—- The Cougar flag will fly, ESPN insists.
—- The Dawg Pack is excited about the start of “Duck hunting” season.
—- Sarkisian again denies interest in the USC job on the Dan Patrick Show.
—- Stewart Mandel of SI.com likes the Huskies in an upset Saturday.
—- ESPN’s Rece Davis: The Huskies have a legitimate chance.
—- Actor Joel McHale, a former UW walk-on, talks to the Wall Street Journal.
—- The matchup between UW’s corners and Oregon’s receivers could be the best on the field.
—- The Oregon student paper on why the Huskies will win.
—- More trouble for former UW All-American Reggie Rogers.